The Real Estate & Development attorneys at Husch Blackwell pursue an interdisciplinary approach to sophisticated real estate transactions, combining the firm’s wealth of experience and knowledge in areas such as finance, environmental law, construction and design, corporate entities, partnership and real estate taxation, public finance, municipal law and real estate dispute resolution to offer our clients creative and flexible solutions to the variety of problems that arise in sophisticated real estate transactions.
We have one of the largest Real Estate & Development practices in the Midwest and Midsouth. In the past few years, our attorneys have completed real estate transactions in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and several jurisdictions throughout South America and Europe. These transactions have ranged from traditional purchase and sale agreements to commercial and residential leases, and development incentive agreements to complex mortgage securitization transactions.
Our areas of expertise include:
Acquisitions and Dispositions
Our attorneys have represented corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, real estate investment trusts and individuals in the acquisition and disposition of a variety of real estate and have substantial experience in Section 1031 tax-free exchanges. For example, on behalf of Aquila, Inc. we recently handled the acquisition of a $100 million underground gas storage facility in Katy, Texas.
Corporate Real Estate
Skilled in all aspects of representing national and international corporations in their real estate transactions, we have a robust commercial leasing practice involving retail, office, industrial and commercial leases on behalf of both landlords and tenants. Our attorneys have over 30 years of combined experience in developing and implementing innovative, cost-efficient practices and procedures for the negotiation, documentation and maintenance of large lease portfolios for corporate clients with multi-state and multi-national development and rental businesses. Examples of our representative corporate leasing clients include CBL Properties & Associates; Tyco International; Stifel, Nicholaus and Company; Panera, LLC; Culligan International Corporation and Applebee’s International.
Possessing unique expertise in planning, financing and negotiating corporate relocations and expansions, our attorneys routinely secure crucial economic development incentives from federal, state and local governments, which serve as the cornerstone for competitive project development for our clients.
Representative transactions include:
Real Estate Financing and Workouts
Our attorneys represent a wide range of lenders including community banks, regional banks, money center institutions, asset-based lenders and life insurance companies, in all types of financing transactions. The experience of our attorneys includes bank acquisitions, structuring and documentation of commercial loans and municipal finance transactions, workouts and bankruptcies and consumer regulatory matters. Several attorneys in our group have developed national reputations in the fields of acquisition finance and lender liability.
Regarding traditional lending, national mortgage loan programs, mortgage securitization programs and CMBS conduit pool administration, we also advise insurance companies, banks and mortgage lenders. Our attorneys have guided corporations in the design and use of synthetic leases and sale-leasebacks, and have counseled foreign investors and lending institutions in making investments and loans in the United States.
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Real Estate Development and Public Incentives
Having handled many of the signature real estate developments in the Midwest, we manage all aspects of development work, from the acquisition of land through the acquisition, construction and leasing of commercial, industrial and residential properties, including eminent domain, zoning and land use matters and court challenges. Our firm represents national, regional and local enterprises and developers in redevelopments, Tax Increment Financing (TIF), tax-abated investment projects, Transportation Development Districts (TDD), Community Improvement Districts (CID), federal and state historic tax credit programs, brownfields remediation and demolition tax credits, New Markets Tax Credits and other private/public partnerships undertaking incentivized real estate development. The combination of our thorough understanding of the laws and regulations that affect land development matters, our broad experience in the public sector and our enduring client-attorney relationships affords us the unique ability to successfully manage complex land use matters across the country.
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Outstanding lawyer and trusted advisor. David is one of the best litigators in the nation. Read more
Outstanding lawyer and trusted advisor. David is one of the best litigators in the nation.
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He is incredibly knowledgeable and has excellent communication skills, all the while maintaining an attitude of kindness toward the client. Read more
He is incredibly knowledgeable and has excellent communication skills, all the while maintaining an attitude of kindness toward the client.
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Dan was extremely knowledgeable in preparing a Reg D offering. Additionally he was very responsive and sensitive to the timing of preparing the offer... Read more
Dan was extremely knowledgeable in preparing a Reg D offering. Additionally he was very responsive and sensitive to the timing of preparing the offering.
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His listening skills need improvement. I had to repeat things several times and he would ask me the same questions over again. He is more of a talker... Read more
His listening skills need improvement. I had to repeat things several times and he would ask me the same questions over again. He is more of a talker which is not a bad thing....just not when it comes to listening to what your clients wants and needs are.
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